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Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government in the European court of human rights for their 2012 imprisonment. The two allege that the government violated their rights during the investigation and subsequent imprisonment and are seeking “€120,000 (£71,000) each in compensation, plus €10,000 in court fees.” Via The Guardian:

“They didn’t get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights,” said Pavel Chikov, the head of the human rights legal group Agora, which is representing the two women.

“Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all.”

More details on the charges:

The activists, who initiated the complaint in 2012, argue that Russia violated four articles of the European convention on human rights guaranteeing the rights to freedom of expression, liberty and security and a fair trial, and prohibiting torture.

The ECHR’s questions to the Russian government on the case earlier this year suggested that the harsh schedule of trial hearings, the glass cage in which the defendants were kept and the heightened security measures could be considered inhumane treatment.




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